While you can buy ready-made wafer sheets in the grocery store, you might want to make your own. With homemade wafer sheets, you will have better control over the ingredients that you use.
It’s really practical to make your own wafer sheets, too – since these are easy to make. You can even make the dough mixture or batter in advance. As for the cost, you can choose the exact ingredients that go into your budget.
How to Make Vanilla Wafer sheets
This section will show you the typical ingredients and steps in making homemade vanilla wafer sheets.
Ingredient #1 – All Purpose Flour
To make the dough for your wafer sheets, you need all-purpose flour. The structure and texture of the baked good will depend so much on how the dough is made and prepared.
Ingredient 2 – Sugar
Sugar is a sweetener, yes, but it also helps in adding body and improving the texture of wafer sheets. When sugar caramelizes (because of the heat), it will give a brownish or yellowish color to the wafers – thereby improving its overall look.
Believe it or not, sugar also makes baked goodies moist inside. You see, when this ingredient is combined with liquid ingredients, the moist characteristics are trapped inside the food (so that it’s not dry inside).
When making homemade wafer sheets, you can also reduce the amount of sugar if you want to. This will, of course, make the baked good less sweet – but healthier.
Ingredient #3 – Butter
As we all know, butter adds flavor to any recipe. In the case of wafers, adding butter also helps the baked good to take on a better form. You see, the butter ingredient works in trapping air bubbles into the raw mixture – the leavening agent in the dough will then be able to increase its height (instead of flat).
If you don’t want to use butter, you can also use margarine as a substitute (but butter is a healthier choice). There are also vegan butter varieties available in different flavors to alter the taste of your wafer sheets.
When using butter in baking, remember to place it first at room temperature (for several hours). This will soften the butter and make it easier to incorporate with the other ingredients needed for the recipe.
Ingredient #4 – Milk
Milk is another basic ingredient in making wafer sheets – it definitely adds flavor because milk is tasty and it brings out the taste in baked goods. Milk is also another healthy ingredient because of its protein and calcium content.
Since milk is used in making the dough strong, you should use regular milk (not non-fat). Milk fat, when combined with sugar, will enable the dough to become tender as moisture is retained inside.
Ingredient #5 – Eggs
Another necessary ingredient in making wafer sheets are the eggs. Unless you’re allergic to eggs (or are Vegan), you know that this is one of the most nutritious food there is.
In baking, eggs work as binding and leavening agents. This ingredient, therefore, improves the texture, form, and taste of the final product.
Ingredient #6 – Baking Powder
Although wafer sheets are flat, they’re not that flat. It is for this reason why a leavening agent like baking powder is used so that the dough or batter can rise a bit.
As a leavening ingredient, baking powder enables the formation of bubbles in the dough and these will remain in between the wafer sheet’s crust when already baked. That’s why wafers have those familiar layers in it its structure.
Ingredient #7 – Vanilla Extract
To further enhance the taste of vanilla wafers, Vanilla extract should be added. Aside from the flavor, this ingredient will also give the wafer sheets that vanilla scent that’s so appealing (and appetizing).
Although typically an optional ingredient in recipes, Vanilla extract is a necessary ingredient when making vanilla wafers or wafer sheets.
How to Make a Basic Wafer Sheet Recipe
The steps to making wafer sheets are as follows:
Note: You also have the option of making wafer sheets in a waffle maker.
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Top 3 Wafer Recipes
Top 1 – Crispy Coconut Wafers
If you’re looking for a crispy wafer recipe, I highly recommend trying this one. This particular recipe uses the following ingredients:
- Sesame seeds
- Coconut milk
- Almond extract
- All -purpose flour
Follow these steps:
Top 2 – Wafer Rolls Recipe
Wafer rolls (also called Barquillos) are thin wafers rolled into tube-like cookies. They can be eaten as is – and are enjoyable as crunchy additions to desserts. You also have the option of filling them up with something sweet to make them even more appealing (especially to those with sweet tooth).
This particular recipe makes use of the following ingredients:
- Cream/ milk
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder
Follow these steps when making this recipe:
Top 3 – Chocolate Dipped Wafer Cookies
If you want to up a regular wafer dessert, consider making this recipe. It calls for ready-made wafer sheets, but you can opt to make your own (since you already know how, anyway). For this particular recipe, you need the following ingredients:
- Wafer sheets
- Chocolate chips
- Condensed milk
- Whipped cream
- Coconut oil
The steps are as follows:
Making Your Own Wafer Sheets and Delicious Desserts
Now you know how to make wafer sheets and even come up with other versions of a wafer for desserts (or snacks). Just try the recipes I gave you above and let me know if you liked them, ok? And feel free to share this article with your friends as well.